Week 7 of the 2013 college football regular season is upon us, and it’s time to pick which teams will win in the biggest blowouts.
All three of the following ranked programs will dominate their opponents Saturday and continue their climb up the standings.
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No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide Over Kentucky Wildcats
The Alabama Crimson Tide travel to Kentucky to play a team that has already faced three top-25 programs coming into Week 7. While the experience will help the Wildcats, the wear and tear of playing so much talent is undeniable.
Kentucky may have a skilled core of players, but the program will lose in blowout fashion Saturday night. The Wildcats are 99th in the nation in points scored and 56th in points against, and neither statistic is good enough to slow Alabama down.
Even with the Crimson Tide not playing up to the BCS National Championship level many expected (offensive unit is ranked 34th), the fourth-ranked defense ensures they are still the best team in college football.
It’s going to be a long day for Kentucky fans.
Predicted Final Score: Alabama 45, Kentucky 13
No. 3 Clemson Tigers Over Boston College Eagles
The Clemson Tigers have proven to be the perfect mix of elite defense and consistent offense, and the matchup against the Boston College Eagles will put senior quarterback Tajh Boyd and the rest of the team on the BCS Championship map.
Boston College allowed 48 points to the Florida State Seminoles two weeks ago and will face an even tougher test against the country’s 14th-best pass offense of Clemson. Led by Boyd’s 14 touchdowns through the air and four on the ground this season, the Eagles are in trouble.
The Tigers are equally impressive on defense this year, allowing just 16.6 points per game (16th in the nation) and allowing only 14 points per game since Week 1. With Boston College not matching up well in any facet of the game, the Eagles will be blown out.
Predicted Final Score: Clemson 48, Boston College 10
No. 15 Baylor Bears Over Kansas State Wildcats
Of all the potential blowouts of the week, the biggest sleeper is the Baylor Bears taking on the Kansas State Wildcats. Despite Kansas State’s offensive ability, Baylor has the team chemistry and sheer offensive production to blow out any program.
While the Wildcats are mounting an impressive 31.2 points per game (58th), the Bears are the top-ranked offensive unit in the country, averaging 70.5 points per game.
Add in the fact that Kansas State’s defense has been terrible over the last two weeks (64 combined points to Texas and Oklahoma State), and Baylor’s top-ranked pass unit (432.3 yards per game) and second-ranked rushing attack (349.3 yards per game) will put up huge numbers again.
Predicted Final Score: Baylor 70, Kansas State 21